Second Mississippian dies from coronavirus

Wednesday the Mississippi State Department of Health reported the second death from coronavirus in Mississippi as the total number of confirmed cases increased to 377.

The victim was a 60- to 65-year-old Holmes County man with underlying health conditions. He died while hospitalized, the state said.

“We knew that more deaths would be inevitable, just as we expect numerous new cases. It is a very sad update to report, regardless,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, said. “Please do your part by practicing all preventive measures. It is vitally important that we all do what we can right now to help slow the spread of this virus.”

Preventive measures Mississippians can take include the following:

• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front.

• Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.

• Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.

• If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, severe cough, fever or severe chest pain, call a doctor or health care provider for instructions on being safely examined.

• Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.

• Practice social distancing: stay at least six feet apart from others in a group.

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